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The little-known story of the dramatic political maneuverings and personalities behind the creation of the office of the president, with ramifications that continue to this day. On June 1, 1787, when the Federal Convention first talked of establishing a new executive branch, James Wilson moved that "the Executive consist of a single person." To us this might sound obvious, but not so at the time. Americans had just won their independence from an autocratic... more
Meticulously detailed and thoroughly researched--Raphael cites the papers of many icons of the nation's birth, such as Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin--this is a valuable read for Democrats and Republicans, as well as historians and those interested in contemporary American politics.Full Review